obverse design: St George, naked, helemeted, on horseback facing left, driving his lance through the writhing body a
dragon marked 'GERMANIA'.
obverse text: 'ST.GEORGE'S DAY' & 'AND MAY 10th.1918' (elements of text separated by two stylised roses)
reverse design: scroll, bearing text, positioned horizontally at centre of reverse.
reverse text: 'ZEEBRUGGE + OSTEND' (on scroll) & 'WELL DONE VINDICTIVE' (above scroll) & 'IRIS.DAFFODIL BRILLIANT.SIRIUS' (below scroll) &
'KEYES CARPENTER ROYAL MARINES' (inner of edge band) & 'TO COMMEMORATE THE GLORIOUS DEEDS + OF THE BRITISH NAVY +' (around
First World War British medal commemorating the Royal Navy's raids on Zeebrugge and Ostend on 23 April (St George's
Day) and 10 May 1918. The attacks, which took place at the height of the German offensive on the Western Front, were planned by Admiral Sir
Roger Keyes, Commander of the Dover patrol, in an attempt to restict the use of these ports by German U-boats and destroyers. Captain
Carpenter commanded HMS Vindictive a much-modified cruiser which provided crucial fire support for the landing parties of marines on the
Zeebrugge Mole on the 23rd April and which was later used as a block ship at Ostend. The 'Iris' and 'Daffodil' were requisitioned Mersey
ferry-boats and were deemed to be virtually unsinkable. Both raids resulted in displays of great heroism and significant casualties.
Although trumpeted at the time as British successes the actions did not completely impede German U-boat access to the English